A trigger finger is a condition experienced as a locking or clicking finger or thumb when flexed and extended. This is due to the tendon being too big for the sheath within the finger or thumb, creating pain and often a tender nodule at the site of triggering. Trigger finger release surgery aims to release this sheath that acts as a pulley, allowing the tendon to glide smoothly.
Trigger finger or thumb is a common condition that can affect anyone. It can develop in those who use their hands for repetitive actions or in those with rheumatoid arthritis. This procedure is suitable for those where their trigger finger or thumb hasn’t responded to steroid injections or other treatments.
Most patients experience immediate improvement in their symptoms although this varies between patients. In the vast majority of patients, results are often life-long however very occasionally some patients may having recurring symptoms a few years after surgery.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. Your surgeon will perform a detailed clinical examination to confirm the diagnosis prior to surgery. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Trigger finger release surgery is performed under a light sedation with local anesthetic. You will be very comfortable and experience no pain during the surgery.
During the procedure, an incision is made over the base of the finger, the nerves are carefully protected while the pulley is divided to release the tendon. The tendon is then checked to ensure it is gliding with no triggering. The incision is sutured and dressings applied. This procedure takes approximately 15-20 minutes and you will be able to go home a few hours after.
As with any surgery there are some risks involved such as:
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
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